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Police boss calls for calm as Gbagi denies arrest, threatens legal action

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed A Adamu, has called on members of the public, particularly the alleged victims and all interest groups in the ongoing Police investigations into the case of dehumanising treatment on the Signatious Hotel Staff in Warri, Delta State, to remain calm as the Police intensify efforts towards unravelling the circumstances surrounding the incident.

According to Force headquarters spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Frank Mba, the IGP, while noting that the Delta State Police Command has since commenced discrete investigations into the matter with appreciable progress made, assures that justice will prevail no matter whose ox is gored.

Meanwhile, following reports of his alleged arrest by policemen acting on the orders of the Inspector-General, former Minister of Education, Dr. Kenneth Gbagi, has called for a thorough investigation into what he described as lies and blackmail that have attended viral videos and photos of three ladies and a man he allegedly tortured and humiliated for theft in one of his hotels

“To this end, we therefore call on the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to immediately wade into the matter by commencing an investigation, so as to put a leash on all those behind the protests and ceaseless blackmail, who clearly are bent on plunging (Delta) state into a round of crisis just to satisfy their selfish political ambitions”, a statement by Gbagi’s spokesman, Sylvester Omonigho said.

Meanwhile, photos of the former minister at the burial of his mother have been released by his aides and supporters to put a lie to his alleged arrest.

Recall that Gbagi released an audio tape in defence of himself against allegations that he presided over the arrest, torture, and humiliation of staff who allegedly stole from his hotel, while his 15 years old son filmed the process.

In the statement by Omonigho, on behalf of his principal, he flatly denied the arrest of his boss.

He added: “The spurious claims of molestation and blackmail against Gbagi, sadly brings to the fore the dangers associated with Hate Speech and the use of social media platforms by mischievous elements for the realization of devious ends.

“We also wish to state that the sad reality surrounding wrongful accusations leveled against the former Minister signals the dangers looming ahead not for leaders in the country alone, but anyone who becomes a target of those whose enterprise is the business of blackmail and character assassination.

“At the appropriate time, legal action will be pursued to once and for all prove the innocence of Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi and to redeem his image

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